Live Simply

A Beginner’s Guide to Free Family Camping

We're paying off student loan debt very aggressively, so we want to keep our family vacations inexpensive. We also have small kids so until recently this has mostly looked like unplugging for a few days to a week at a time at our family's cabin. Which has been amazing, and we will continue to take advantage of that on a regular basis! But we want to see more of the…
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As a Grownup

November Wrap Up

Stuff we did and loved in November. In Real Life We raked a whole lot of leaves in November. We have several huge trees in our yard that gave us hours of raking fun. Well, at least hours of jumping fun. We had Dan's staff team and their families over earlier this month so we raked up a huge pile of leaves for the kids (and some of the adults)…
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Learn

October Wrap-Up

Stuff we did and loved in October Around Town & Around the World Dan climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for this ministry. He also visited Gombe National Park.   Meanwhile, the kids and I visited their cousins, aunts, and uncles and went to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. The weekend after Dan got home, I left to speak at a women's retreat in Indiana. We talked about the story of…
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As a Family

6 Things I Learned in October

Mt. Kilimanjaro 1. I like music! Okay, well I already knew I liked music. But I often get really stressed out when there's music on and anything else is going on. I've always felt that music adds to the chaos, and I have to be in just the right mood for a dance party. But then I realized it's because I wasn't playing the right kind of music at the…
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As a Family

Growing Up Around the World: Michigan, USA

This summer we've been following along with Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool to read at least one book from seven different major regions of our world. All of our selections have been from Jamie's book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time which I highly recommend. The kids have loved reading about kids from other countries, finding countries on our globe, and discussing…
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Personal Growth

Grateful

The Cabin Lake We've been back in Michigan for almost three years. And at least once a week I stop, realizing how grateful I am to be here. Close to family. Close to the family cabin (and hence nearly free vacations). Close to Lake Michigan. Able to experience sledding and idyllic Michigan summers. But having grown up here, I guarantee I wouldn't have appreciated it without going away. Chicago taught me…
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Love Deeply

Buggies, Shopping Carts, and Carriages

© 2013 breki74, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio One of the first things you notice upon arriving in a new region of our incredibly diverse country, is the local accent. This is quickly followed by differences in pronunciations, colloquial phrases, and actual names for things. I'll never forget when we arrived in Alabama to candidate for my husband's pastoral position and someone announced they would carry us to church and…
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